This was my first year of intensive work on video game history and I wanted to share how things have been progressing on my end. I have some thoughts about what I was able to accomplish along with my hopes for the future that I would like to share with readers. This will include the … Continue reading The History of How We Play – Status Update
A year goes round, a year goes down. We are back once again with another morbid post hopefully flecked with fond remembrances for the people who have shaped the video game industry. Time marches on and work continues to capture the stories of those who shaped this wonderful hobby that we indulge in. To those … Continue reading 2018: The Losses
(The research in this article, particularly from the Atari memos held by the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, was provided in large part by Alex Smith of They Create Worlds. Please check him out, as a frequent and high-quality collaborator of mine.) The legend of Breakout is an oft told story. It’s not … Continue reading A Breakout Story
The development history of Thief: The Dark Project.
This will be a fun little experiment. I've compiled a list of famous game publishers and decided to come up with a slogan for each, reflecting both the good and the bad of the company. Below each will be an explanation for the sometimes esoteric concepts. I thought it would be an enjoyable way to … Continue reading Unofficial Slogans for Famous Game Publishers
One of the most fascinating places to go to look for information on technology are in the paperwork and legal language which hold them up. Patents are the most accessible document form one can look into interesting video game artifacts. Not only can the history of a patent itself reveal more information, such as the … Continue reading Patented Heroes
I have been writing and discussing a lot about the early microelectronics industry recently with other researchers. There are still a lot of mysteries about the formative period, before true foundations for single chip designs and mass production came into the picture. It's been interesting to think about the true how and why people came … Continue reading Exploring the First Microprocessor Video Games